A Midsummer Night’s Dreamcatcher: Emotional Mother Daughter Dance
The main events of the reception were super fun, but my absolute favorite part was all the dancing we did. There are the traditional dances of course. Our first dance as husband and wife:
Probably the first time I said, “I love you so very much, husband.”
Mr. D with his mother:
And me with mine:
I intended to write a whole post about how much my father was missed in wedding planning. I could never find the words to finish it, though. Not having him there was so painful, but I am really grateful my mom was there for this dance. Taking these moments to miss Daddy Dreamcatcher on my big day is something I’ll always cherish. Especially because we have these sob-fest photos.
These dances were all special, but by far, my absolute favorite part of our entire wedding was when we opened up the dance floor. I made a tiny announcement:
“We really can’t thank you all enough for coming! My father couldn’t be here, but I know he is smiling down with a Coor’s Light in hand ready to join the party. So if you knew my father, or even how much he meant to me, I invite you to come up and celebrate his legacy with one of his favorite songs.”
The Eagles’ “Take It Easy” began to play, and I swear almost everyone in the entire room started to dance. Even a bunch of the waitstaff joined in at the tail end of the song, since they knew my father from his 30 years working at Linden Hall. I got some tearful hugs, a million smiles, and so many encouraging words. I looked around and saw all these people I love so much, who my dad loved so much, and couldn’t help but feel like the luckiest person on the planet. I’m sure as the wedding anniversaries pile up, more and more details of our special day will become fuzzy. But I will never, ever forget how special that moment was.
Tearful hug with one of my aunts (Daddy Dreamcatcher’s youngest sister)
An unsuspected bonus was that everyone was already up, so they just continued dancing! Our DJ played a great mix of rock, top 40, and the classic line dances that kept the floor pretty packed all night. “Cupid Shuffle,” anyone?
“Now kick, now kick”
The DJ played the final song around midnight, but some guests kept the party going with the hotel bar on premises. Mr. Dreamcatcher and I even stopped over for a bit for some extra time with our nearest and dearest. The perfect end to the perfect day.
Sneaking away for one final shot with the amazing LMP, who all photos are courtesy of!
Dreamcatcher tip #17: My favorite thing about Linden Hall was its all-inclusive nature. Ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, after-party bar, and hotel were all on property. I know that it’s pretty tough to get all those in one place, but our guests were so appreciative about how easy it was. If you can find something similar, know it will be a huge help to your guests!
- My dress almost doesn’t happen.
- I get by with a little help from my friends.
- We stumble through a rehearsal.
- We give some awesome gifts.
- Flow it, show it, hair, hair, hair, hair.
- Stuff gets sprayed on my face and makes me pretty.
- It takes one mom and six bridesmaids to dress me.
- A Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Dressed
- A look of the first variety.
- I forget I planned a gift exchange.
- Our wedding party cheeses something fierce.
- Our photographer somehow makes us look good.
- I manage to not trip.
- We have a beautiful ceremony, even if I don’t know a left from a right hand.
- We make a bunch of our guests cry.
- We receive a line.
- We eat, drink, and be married.